University of Arizona head coach and two time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Sean Miller, explains a sideline out of bounds play for late-game situations. This play is designed to get your team a quick bucket near the hoop when your team is already up by 1-2 points with under 10 seconds left.
Drill Summary: This set is designed for a 3/4 court or 1/2 court sideline out of bounds (the video demonstrates the set in a 3/4 court situation). The 3-man takes the ball out of bounds. The 4-man sets up just across half court on the ball-side sideline. The 1-man also sets up just past half court, but on the far side lane line extended. The 2-man sets up on the middle circle closest to the opponent’s basket and the 5-man sets up about five yards in front of the inbounder. The 4-man needs to sell this play like they’re not even going to be involved prior to it being run. The 1-man comes up and comes off screens from the 2-man and 5-man, but while they’re coming off the screens, the ball is inbounded to the 4-man, who gets big and receives a rocket pass from the inbounder. Once they’ve received the pass, the 4-man throws it over their head toward the hoop, and the 2-man rushes to get it for an easy layup or dunk.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Works best when the defense switches.
2) Rocket pass on the inbound.
3) Throw the overhead pass where the player can get it and score.
4) 1-man and 4-man sell that the 1 is getting the ball.
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All year long, the Arizona Wildcats dominated the Pac-12 Conference. Head Coach Sean Miller teaches his guards how to use a glide dribble to create separation and bring the ball up the floor. Moves like this helped point guard T.J. McConnell develop into one of the best floor generals in the country.
Drill Summary: Players start at the three point line, run straight toward the baseline and cut out at a 45 degree angle and receive an inbounds pass. Once they have the ball, the player gets into triple threat then dribbles runs up to just before half court. From there, the player puts on the breaks and gets into a glide dribble, with their hips protecting the ball. While using the glide dribble, the player should change speeds and use hesitation moves to simulate going against defensive pressure. To end the drill, the player flips their hips after crossing half court and completes the rep.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Change of speed.
2) Flip hips to change direction.
3) Protect the ball.
4) Use the non-dribbling hand to call plays and fend off the defender.
University of Arizona Head Coach, Sean Miller, believes the jump shot begins before the shooter even catches the ball. In the 1-2 Step Drill, Coach Miller shows you how to properly catch the basketball and step into your jump shot. Proper footwork will keep you balanced and ready to score the basketball.
Athlete Movements: The player should start with his or her’s opposite foot slightly forward. Regardless of the level, all shooters should be ready to shoot before they catch the ball. This means the player’s feet should be shoulder width apart to create balance all while the shooter is showing a target and is ready to catch the ball. As the ball is in flight and on its way to the shooter, the shooter should step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot forward.
Points of emphasis with “1-2 Step”:
1) Start with opposite foot slightly forward
2) Feet shoulder width apart
3) Be ready to catch/Give a target to the passer
4) Step with the opposite foot and bring the strong foot through while catching the basketball
Coach Miller then goes over the basic mechanics of the jump shot which spell out B.E.E.F.:
Balance (Feet Shoulder Width Apart)
Eyes (Be Focused on the Rim)
Elbow (Elbow Tucked in)
Follow Through (Be Sure to Hold Hand Out)
Sean Miller, the University of Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach, explains the responsibilities of help defense and how to properly close out on to the basketball so that you can challenge a shot and contain the dribble at the same time. The ability to close out effectively will make you a great defensive player.
Coach Miller puts a great deal of emphasis on teaching how to properly close out on to the basketball within the high school, grade school, and youth league levels. He stresses that it’s critical to understand the “Ball, You, Man” concept at an early age. Defenders, not playing the basketball, should be in help position and seeing the ball on one side of the floor and the person you’re responsible for guarding on the opposite side of the floor at all times.
Once the ball is in the air and on its way to the person you’re responsible for guarding, you must close out on the ball. When closing out on the ball, you must be quick, but also under control so the offensive player does not blow by you and get into the paint with the dribble. High hands are also crucial when closing out on the ball so that a jump shot can be contested.
1) “Ball, You, Man” while in help position defensively
2) To start your close out begin with your foot which is closest to the man you’re guarding
3) Steps go from big to small when closing out
4) Low body
5) High hands which are bent at the elbow
6) You should be able to reach out and touch the offensive player who possesses the ball
Sean Miller was the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and here he puts his sons through a ball handling drill which involves two basketballs. Using two basketballs forces players to use their weak hand. Coach Miller uses commands during the drill to help players change their dribble.
Keys to the Drill: